Behind the microphone with Radio jambos Peter Kirumba

Behind the microphone with Radio jambos Peter Kirumba

Behind the microphone with Radio jambos Peter Kirumba

Goooooooaaaaaaal, gogogogogo gooooooooooooooooal. That is the heavy voice that resonates on Radio Jambo’s frequency. The Mention of “Bishop” Kirumba or “PK” is familiar to most Kenyan football followers. Bishop Kirumba is not an ordained bishop neither is he a clergy man but his highly rated knowledge and encyclopedia ‘like’ understanding of soccer earns him the “bishop” title.

The football commentator whose real name is Peter Kirumba was born back in 1972 and brought up in Pumwani Estate in Nairobi’s Majengo. His interest in sports most specifically football was due to his active participation in the school’s football team at Ainsworth Primary school during his primary school life. He even played for a local estate team as a left back defender.

“I was nicknamed “Basanga” after the famous Peter Otieno Basanga a former Gor Mahia and Harambee stars player,” He explains.

His sporty trait extended to his high school life when he joined Jamhuri School in Nairobi where he advanced into playing Rugby till 1990. Life after high school was still the same and PK continued taking part in estate football but unfortunately, his football dream hit the rocks in 1997 when he suffered a serious Ankle injury.

“My life took a different turn but I believe the injury was a blessing in disguise. I used to admire commentary and when I could not play any longer, I opted to try my hand elsewhere but at the same time not divert from soccer and surprisingly I landed in the commentary box behind the microphone.”

Inspired by veteran Leonard Mambo Mbotela, Kirumba joined Johari clef production limited where he studied Broadcasting for 3yrs under the mentorship of Bruce Odhiambo who later introduced him to Royal Media in 2004.

In collaboration with fellow presenters Diamond Okusimba and Yusuf Kaona, they hosted the weekly program “Kikao Soccer” from 2004 to 2007 when it was halted by the producers.  However, with the 3 yrs experience in sports presenting gained, Kirumba still had to find other ways of earning a living and had to venture into hawking at the Nairobi based Gikomba market. This was never his dream and he thought life was hitting him back at his face. From horning a dream of earning millions while playing in Europe one day back to hawking in Gikomba, that did not just add up.

“We normally recorded the Kikao cha soccer weekly show on Mondays and during the rest of the week, I hawked shoes at Gikomba,” Reminisces PK.

The trio later moved to Radio Jambo in 2008 as the pioneers of the now popular sports radio station where they host the daily program “Home stretch sports” The daily sports talk show that airs daily between 3pm and 7pm.

“Working behind the radio microphone is not easy but I enjoy it, you have to make the listener feel the match just like he is watching on television. This calls for creativity and enough information. We spend time gathering these through thorough research and study of the players, clubs and lifestyles just to understand and be at home when you get behind the microphone. It is a very demanding job that keeps one on toes every time.” He said.

PK is now a well established football commentator (local and international) and credits his mentor Carol Radull, the lady who has gone beyond all odds to become a leading Icon in Kenyan sports.

“I know it may sound funny that I was mentored by a female commentator but I have all the respect for Radull. She nurtured my talent to what I am now and I am humbled. She gave us room to learn, was patient with us and she deserves all the credit for working hard and putting us where we are today” Said Kirumba.
Kirumba’s main objective is to mentor other upcoming presenters and commentators.

“ Just like I was given an opportunity to learn and be who I am today, am willing to support other upcoming talents in commentary as I aim higher.  I never knew until I tried, now I know football commentary is where I belong.” He concluded.


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